Work experience is a vital introduction to the world of work for students, and has many benefits. Whilst work experience can act as a future career taster, any experience that leads to an increase in employability skills for a student is worthwhile.
Finding a placement can seem daunting at first, but it is an important process that students do need to go through themselves – supported at home and in school.
Students get the opportunity to work with an employer for a short, unpaid period of time to find out more about industry and the workplace. They can observe and work alongside people as they go about their daily tasks and experience the disciplines of the workplace, such as attendance, time-keeping, regulations and the importance of teamwork, especially in a job or area of work that they might be interested in.
Work experience benefits students that are unsure about what sort of career path they would like to follow. They get an insight into what employers look for when they want to employ someone and how the subjects they study in school link into certain jobs. It provokes thought about jobs that had not been considered before and the skills and grades needed to plan for the future.